Published on: Friday, August 25, 2023

Disappointed after arriving at the Social Security Administration's office in Philadelphia and finding it closed by the pandemic, local man gets into a scrape with two of the security guards. He's convicted of assaulting federal officials. The man: But they were private security guards contracting with the feds. So they're not really federal officials. Technically. Gov't: Yes, they are. District Court: Yes, they are. Third Circuit: No, they're technically not! Enter a judgment of acquittal.

The case is United States v. Washington, 21-3299 (3d Cir. Aug. 24, 2023).